Google is holding an important event on September,29th in San Francisco, the tech giant will be announced TWO Nexus flagships. Yes, looks like Google is preparing some very cool stuff for us on this special event.
Google Nexus 2016
One of those flagships will be a smaller Nexus device with 5-inch display built by LG. The second device will be a larger one with 6-inch display built by Huawei. We have no confirmed info about the hardware specs or prices of those devices, yet.
This will be the first Huawei Nexus device to be announced since the launch of the Nexus line-up, but it's the third time Google has partnered with LG on a Nexus phone. Both devices will be the first in the market to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Pre-installed.
Android 6.0 Announcement and Updates
Along with these two Nexus devices, Google will also announce the official release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow final version, after 3 developer previews released in the past 2 months. The final version will pack all bug fixes that was reported in the past previews along with some new features. The current Google Nexus lineup should get marshmallow factory images be early October.
Stay Tuned for our full coverage!
Google's big event is here, Today 29th September 2015 is the Android big-day-event and we are ready to start. As always Google will live stream the whole event on YouTube but what we goona see and when...
What time ?
The Nexus event will begin at 9AM Pacific time in San Francisco. Here are the times you can tune in from around the world:
- 9AM San Francisco
- 10AM Denver
- 11AM Chicago
- 12PM New York
- 5PM London
- 6PM Berlin
- 9:30PM New Delhi
- 1AM (September,30th) Tokyo
- 2AM (September,30th) Sydney
What to expect ?
Nexus 5X -- The second Nexus device from LG, the Nexus 5X, will feature a 5.2-inch screen, a 13 megapixel camera and a fingerprint sensor on the rear. It will feature plastic casing and come in three colors.
Nexus 6P -- Built by Huawei, this is expected to be the first metal-clad Nexus smartphone and will feature a high resolution 5.7-inch screen, a fingerprint reader and a 12.3 megapixel rear camera together with an 8 megapixel front-facing camera. The device is set to come in four colors, including gold.
Chromecast 2.0 -- The new Chromecast from Google will feature a new circular design and come in three color options according to one leak. The new dongle will have support for faster Wi-Fi, as well as offering something called Fast Play and more personalization options.
Android 6.0 -- Android M, as it was known when it was launched in May, and since been officially named Android 6.0 and codenamed Marshmallow. It will feature some minor visual upgrades, with most of the new features, including granular app permissions and a battery saver mode, being made under the hood.
Here's the LIVE Video STREAM of the Event, Enjoy!
Faster updates ? You must be talking about Google Nexus devices... No, this time it's HTC, the Taiwanese company just announced a new flagship device, HTC One A9, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Pre-installed, as you may know HTC sense 7.0 is the reason of delaying every update due to the development & integration process with every new Android version.
Well, HTC has officially announced through its USA twitter account that it will be speeding up this process which will make the HTC One A9 receive every Android update within 15 days of the Nexus line having received it. That's a very bold promise, and one that's unique in the Android world so far.
Did you hear that? The Unlocked A9 will receive every Google SW update within 15 days of Nexus devices! #BeBrilliant— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) October 20, 2015
We hope that the company keeps its promise and do the same thing to all its future flagship devices.
If your latest smartphone has stopped getting official Android updates from the manufacturer, there is a high probability that you would go for CyanogenMod in order to try out the most recent Android versions. Last week, Android 6.0 Marshmallow was made available to the Samsung Galaxy S3 via CyanogenMod 13, and the Google Nexus 4 is also about to get the support for Marshmallow by Cyanogen.
LG-made Nexus 4 consumers were quite disappointed when Google announced that the smartphone will not receive an official support for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Many had speculated that sooner or later unofficial Marshmallow port will be made available for this device, considering its huge fan following. The awesome team of CyanogenMod have just released a nightly CM 13 build for the Nexus 4, thereby getting the latest Android version to the three-year-old smartphone. Download size is 277.01 MB and before you go ahead with this, just keep in mind that you might encounter bugs as it not yet stable.
These days, Nexus smartphones are quite popular and in high-demand. But, this wasn't always the scene: the HTC Nexus One, the Samsung Nexus S, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus were nice smartphones, but it was the Nexus 4 that changed the game after getting launched in 2012. At that time, the Nexus 4 had the best possible specs in the Android ecosystem, but Google had a very competitive pricing at $299.
Techconfigurations has just released a video on YouTube that shows the upcoming HTC made Google devices in detail. Keep in mind though, this is just a 3D video render that is primarily based on the leaked images that we have seen so far, combined with intelligent artistic creativity from the compiler. If you are not yet familiar with the rumoured specifications of the two upcoming devices, take a look below.
Both of them will sport the same 12-mp rear camera, 8-mp front camera, 4GB of RAM, bottom facing speakers, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth version 4.2 and fingerprint scanner on the back. However, the higher end Nexus Marlin may have 128GB of internal memory, as opposed to the 32GB internal memory of the SailFish. Marlin will also sport a bigger battery (3,450mAh) than the 2,770mAh battery rumoured to be inside the SailFish. Both the devices will feature Quad High Definition displays with an AMOLED panel but the Nexus marlin will have a larger 5.5-inch display compared to the 5-inch display of the SailFish. Even though it has been rumoured that the Nexus devices will both sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, the model number of the SoC is still a mystery.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If the rumors are to be believed, then HTC could be Google's partner for making at least one of the Nexus devices this year. The HTC 10 was received very well around the world by critics and that is the main reason as to why many are of the opinion that the next Nexus is possibly going to be best one made so far.
A concept model of the rumored HTC Nexus that is based on the HTC 10 has been made by a Reddit user. As expected, it shows the fingerprint scanner to be on the back of the smartphone, just below the rear camera. A metallic body much like the HTC 10 and two front firing speakers from the Taiwanese flagship also make their way to this concept model of the Nexus 2016. The big Nexus branding at the back reminds us of the fact that we are looking at the next Nexus and not the HTC 10.
Another rumor suggests that HTC will be making not one, but two devices for Google this year. The first one will be taking the place of the LG-made Nexus 5X, while the second one will replace the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. If the speculations are correct, then the devices will be using 5" and 5.5" displays respectively.
As is always the case with Nexus devices, they will both be launched with Android N right out of the box. Since Android N has in-built support for pressure-sensitive displays and functions, we expect features similar to Apple's 3D Touch to show up on the latest Nexus smartphones. Google is allegedly working on a Nexus VR device as well, so we expect the Nexus 2016 smartphones to also support virtual reality. We should get to know what's what before the devices get their expected release prior to Q3, 2016.
Details regarding the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet from HTC known as Flounder/Volantis have leaked again. The latest one concerns the tablet's smart cover, which will have some neat tricks up its sleeve.
The information is retrieved by AndroidPolice and has a lot of credibility to it. The Magic Cover, as it's rumored to be called, sports a Bluetooth keyboard and will be available in leather and TPU material options.
The case sports magnets which help it fold up into a triangle and support the tablet. The Nexus 9 itself will sit on top of the keyboard when its not in use. Another cool feature is that thanks to the magnets, the screen will automatically wake up.
Last year Google released two nexus devices at the same time - Nexus 5S made by LG and Nexus 6P made by Huawei. It seems this type of launch has become quite a convention and Google is supposed to do it this year too.
Yesterday, a rumor about about the new Nexus devices surfaced. As per the rumor, HTC is will be the manufacturer of the two new Nexus devices to be released in the later part of 2016. Right not much is known about the two devices. But, one will feature a 5-inch screen, and the other will have a 5.5-inch display. Today, ROM developer @LlabTooFeR unveiled nuggets of new info about the two smartphones in a tweet .
The developer posed that the codename for the 5-inch Nexus phone is T50 and for the 5.5-inch model codename is the T55. It is quite evident that the codenames are curated from the screen size of the devices. Going by the history of correct tips released by the developer, this tweet also seems reliable.
The Nexus One, the very first Nexus device was built by HTC back in 2010. The Taiwanese company will also be manufacturing the Nexus 9 tablet. Apparently Huawei was also trying to create an entry for itself in the run for building this year's Nexus devices, but finally HTC won the deal.
It has hardly been a few days since we heard rumors of HTC being this year's manufacturer for Google's Nexus line of smartphones, and we already have a solid source who's confirming the rumor. According to reports, a developer in HTC has leaked the alleged codenames for the upcoming Nexus devices.
If LlabTooFeR on Twitter is to be believed, then there will be two versions of the Nexus, one with a 5-inch screen and the other with a larger 5.5-inch display. The more conservative 5-inch phone will supposedly be named the T50 while its bigger phablet version will be called the T55. Apart from this, no other information about the smartphones was shared.
Google and HTC have a bit of history together as HTC was the first manufacturer that they had collaborated with, when the first Nexus phone was launched back in 2010; the Nexus One. In fact, the business relationships between the two companies were once again renewed when they launched the Nexus 9 tablet about two years ago in 2014. HTC's renewed affiliation with Google is actually very good news for the company, as it has been suffering losses for a while now. Will this tie up be enough for HTC to regain its stature in the smartphone industry? We will find out soon enough.
We hear a lot of rumors about a 9-inch HTC-made Nexus tablet powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 coming this year to be called the "HTC Nexus 9", we even got a list of this HTC Nexus 9 Unofficial Specs. Well, It's finally official... Yes Nvidia accidentally mentioned the Nexus 9 on its legal filings documents related to it patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung.
Nvidia's document specifically states, "the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1." So, based on what's known that there will without a doubt be a Nexus 9 made by HTC with Nvidia's Tegra K1, but we also know that it should be expected in the third quarter of this year. All of this essentially confirms all of the rumors we've and gives an expected time frame which hasn't been confirmed by anyone else.
None of this is official, but NVIDIA tuck the information in a legal filing like it's no big deal makes it seem more legit. We may see this beast in the upcoming weeks with some "Android L" desert inside.
At various times this year, we told you about a tablet that is rumored to be under production by HTC. Various code names have been bandied about for this tablet, including HTC Flounder, and Volantis. But the most important name that this slate could be called, is the Nexus 9. What is interesting, is that the tablet has received its Wi-Fi certification, and according to the certificate, the operating system on the slab will be Android L.
In addition, the certificate shows that the filing was made in the "Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)" section as opposed to the Wi-Fi Only section. That would seem to indicate that HTC will be offering both a Wi-Fi only model, and a model with LTE connectivity.
The HTC tablet rumored to be the Nexus 9, is believed to have an 8.9 inch screen with resolution of 2048 x 1440. The pixel density at that combination works out to be 281ppi. A 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU is under the hood, with 2GB of RAM inside. Buyers will have the option of purchasing the model with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, with pricing at $399 and $499, respectively. This would explain the pair of SKU numbers listed on the certificate.
HTC's upcoming Nexus 9 tablet for Google has leaked again in pictures. This time courtesy @upleaks, the latest image shows the back of the tablet.
Contrary to some of the rumors, the T1 does not have a metal body but instead the same matte black plastic back with a circular raised camera lens in the top left corner, which looks very similar to the design of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5. Even the big Nexus logo is similarly placed sideways in the middle.
According to Jack Tong, HTC's president of North Asia, the Nexus 9 represents HTC's commitment to returning to the tablet market after having abandoned it for three years. That's significant because, well, the tablet hasn't been officially acknowledged or mentioned by almost anyone outside of NVIDIA through legal documents. Focus Taiwan is reporting the news, suggesting that Tong announced the company's plans for the tablet at a press briefing in New York.
Tong did not mention anything else from what we can tell, but Focus Taiwan mentions a potential launch date of October 16, which is next Thursday.
The tablet recently cruised through the FCC, so it would shock us to see the tablet arrive within the next couple of weeks. Keep in mind that we should also see Android L at that time as well.
After the success of the HTC Nexus 9 slate, HTC finally decided to enter the tablets market with its own brand.
According to the latest reports, the Taiwanese company is working on an HTC-branded Nexus 9-shaped tablet with the same 9-inch display 4:3 aspect ratio and the same dimensions but the Hardware Specifications will be different, probably higher.
This tablet will be a strong entry for HTC brand into the tablet's market, the market name of the tablet is not yet known but it may join the "ONE" family naming (HTC ONE Tab, HTC ONE MT.. etc). The exact release date for this tablet is not yet revealed but we won't see this tablet up until Q2,2015.
More details leaked about the Upcoming HTC One (M9) flagship (codenamed Hima). This time around we're hearing that despite what some previously leaked pictures have shown us, the device won't be almost identical in terms of design to its predecessor, the HTC One M8.
In fact, in certain aspects it will be quite different. For the design of its front, and specifically the BoomSound speakers, the One (M9) will reportedly be inspired by the Nexus 9 tablet, also made by HTC and pictured below.
Hence, the M9 is rumored to come with an edge to edge glass panel on its front. The speaker panels will no longer be exposed like they were in the original One and the One M8. Rather, they will be enclosed within the aforementioned glass. This will get two 45 degree cutouts for the slit speaker grills, which will span around 50% of the handset's top and bottom edges.
And this will apparently make the One (M9)'s design closely resemble that of the Nexus 9. According to the source of the information, the new style will enable a "slicker" and "more refined" look on the new flagship smartphone when compared to its predecessors.
Nexus 5X was rolled out to the market as a part of Google's 7th gen Nexus smartphones (along with the Nexus 6P), in October 2015 as the descendant of the Nexus 5 from 2013.
Both Nexus 5 and the 5X are made by LG, but 5X is way ahead of what the predecessor was at the time of launch: though it is established that the Nexus 5 was a high-end smartphone, the Nexus 5X has been built as per 2015 and 2016 standards, like of a mid-range device. In addition to this, at launch, the Nexus 5X will cost more than 5. Here are the reasons that make this phone the best mid-range smartphone currently available in the US:
- The Nexus 5X is powered by stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow (now upgraded to 6.0.1) which will give you unparalleled Google experience
- The fingerprint scanner, known as the Nexus Imprint is the fastest scanner out there.
- Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P also sport the same rear camera sensor: a 12.3 MP Sony IMX377 one with more-than-conventional pixels (1.55 μm), laser auto focus, and 4K video recording.
- It has got USB Type-C port, the 2700 mAh non-removable battery that gets fully charged in an hour and hour; enough to last for a day.
- Google Nexus 5X boasts a 5.2-inch IPS screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels and 423 ppi, which is quite sharp.
- The 16GB variant will cost $299 and the 32GB variant would cost $349.
Google's Nexus 5X smartphone is now available for pre-order across Europe. All you have to do is to head to Google Play and place your order.
In some countries, like Spain, Italy, Germany, and France - are getting a free Chromecast with the purchase of the handset until December 8th, which should partly make up for not including the $50 Play Store credit or the 90-day Play Music subscription that come with orders in the US.
As expected, the prices for the 16GB and 32 GB models are €479 and €529, respectively. Orders begin shipping by November 9th and come with free 3-4 business day shipping, so they'll be in customers' hands before the end of next week.
Link: Google Nexus 5X
Remember the #Bendgate? Well apparently the method has still not died down and the new Nexus 6P is the latest phablet to come under scrutiny. A questionable YouTube video from user "JerryRigEverything" now claims that the Nexus 6P is laughable, showing how the handset miserably fails bend, scratch and burn tests.
Below, you will see the video showing the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P being mercilessly destroyed is making waves online. This brutal video, however, doesn't accurately depict the phone's durability.
A different user, meanwhile, decided to do a different kind of test, using actual weights to try to bend a new Nexus 6P whose screen did not suffer any other kind of prior damage. Max Lee improvised a bending rig, using different weights to determine the level of pressure the Nexus 6P can withstand.
Check out the videos and make your own judgement.
The good news is that Google has now rolled out an official update for Android powered devices that will warn you as soon as spam callers call your number. The bad news is that this update and the ensuing features are only available to Android One and Nexus devices. We bet hardcore Google loyalists are feeling pretty smug right now!
Google posted the following via its own social media website, Google+.
"Spam callers be gone! Today, we're beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #Android One devices to warn you about potential spam callers,"
Spam Protection should become effective as soon as you download and install the update but in order to use the feature, you will have to have Called ID turned on from the settings menu of your phone. In addition to providing protection against the spammers, there will also be an option to report the shady numbers as spam. You can simply block the number from the app itself if they continue to bother you with repeated phone calls.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After a series of leaked images and renders, we already have a pretty good idea about how the two upcoming Nexus phones from HTC will look like, but price tags had remained undisclosed till now. Someone in HTC has allegedly leaked pricing details of the Nexus Marlin and Sailfish, but as you probably can guess already, it's still a rumor and nothing is for certain yet.
According to the source, the two smartphones from Google in 2016 will be more expensive than last year's models with a price tag of $599 for the Nexus Marlin and $449 for the Nexus Sailfish. These are of course, the price tags for the basic 32GB models and there will likely also be costlier models with higher internal storage capacities. The Marlin will cost $100 more than last year's Nexus 6P ($499), if the rumor turns out to be true. We will soon find out more next month as the two HTC-Google Nexus smartphones are probably going to debut in September with Android 7 Nougat right out of the box.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Since Google just informed the press about an upcoming event on October 4, we are pretty sure that's where the new Pixel phones will be unveiled for the first time. This belief was further confirmed by the fact that there's a new "Oct. 4" video on Google's official YouTube channel where the Google search bar slowly transforms into the shape of a smartphone.
As far as leaks go, the latest Geekbench spec sheets are revealing a revised Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and Android Nougat 7.1, a version of the OS that no other smartphone is running at the moment. Both the Pixel (5.2-inch) and the Pixel XL (5.5-inch) will be made by HTC this year and there will be two versions this time around; one for the US and the other for the international market.
We have also seen a few mobile case listings for the Pixel phones and as you can see from the image, the camera cut-outs are suspiciously large and may indicate a dual camera setup at the back. However, no such rumor regarding the Pixel or Pixel XL has surfaced so far. We will find out more very soon as the official unveiling date is now confirmed and just around the corner.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
When it comes to security of the Nexus devices. Google is practically living a nightmare. The most recent bug in that Google needs to fix is consumer-facing and exploitable without any geeky tricks. It seems the Nexus devices are vulnerable to an exploit that lets users bypass factory reset protection.
For the uninitiated - factory reset protection has been kept in place to help you to keep your device password protected in case someone tries to reset the factory settings. It is supposed to render the phone practically unusable without the password, but a work around has emerged that does the job by pressing series of buttons. Check out the video given below to see the exploit:
Google pushed a security patch that covered the fix for this issue, but RootJunky - the first person to report the bug - has come up with yet another video that shows vulnerability of the device in spite of the patch released in January.
Although it has become more difficult to exploit the loophole, it is still achievable.This essentially sends out a message that the development and quality testing are done thoroughly. Google might take more time to provide fix for this bug, as they would like to get it right in the next release.
Google officially released the Google Now Launcher on the Play Store and made it compatible only with Google Nexus devices and the Play Edition devices. Which means you can officially install it on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Galaxy S4 GPe, HTC One GPe, Moto G GPe, Xperia Z Ultra GPe and the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe. You can Now Install directly from the Play Store which is easier to get future updates.
GNL Key Features :
- Google Now on your home screen - it's easier than ever to get just the right information at just the right time.
- Just say "Ok Google" - when you're on your home screen, just say "Ok Google" to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text message, get directions, or play a song (available in the US, UK, and Canada).
- Faster search - tap the search box and you can enter your query immediately.
- Easy access to your favorite Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
- Larger viewing area - the status and navigation bars are now translucent, so your wallpaper pops from every pixel, and is even visible when you expand your apps drawer (when supported by device).
- Intuitive wallpaper picker - select any image that's stored on your device, or in the cloud. Position and preview your wallpaper before you set it.
Google surprised a lot of people when they released Android N in its beta version yesterday, especially since Android M itself was released just a few months ago in last October. Many of the market leading smartphone manufacturers have not even been able to update their high-end devices to Marshmallow yet. Samsung is the worldwide leader when it comes to Android smartphones and things do not exactly look good when they have not been able to update their major flagship devices like the Galaxy Note 5 to Marshmallow in all locations yet; especially, since the next iteration of the OS is already out.
Back in February, it did look like Samsung was about to make sure that Marshmallow reaches all their high-end devices everywhere, within a few months. However, things did not pan out that way and many regions are still waiting for it impatiently. Taking the fact into account that Android 6 went official about six months ago, it seems like Samsung is living up to its name for being slow and unpredictable with software updates. After seeing how slow Samsung is even with their most expensive phones from 2015, things are looking really dim for our low or mid-range Samsung smartphones as far as being updated to Android Marshmallow is concerned.
Android TV is coming this fall and manufacturers are preparing their upcoming products to conquer people's living rooms. Asus is one of them, and leaked benchmarks of this upcomng device that will be called "Google Nexus Player" shows the company is testing its first Android TV set-top box.
The unannounced set-top box runs Android L and packs a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel x86 CPU and a PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU complete with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The system has undergone tests on 23.7" and 31.9" displays, both of 1080p resolution.
While seeing an Intel CPU inside an Android TV set-top box is a bit unexpected, it's certainly cool to see Intel stepping up its game in the Android world. Google says Qualcomm, Nvidia, MediaTek and Marvell chips will also get their primetime in Android TV products.
We have reported before that some of the Google Nexus devices will start receiving Marshmallow updates by Early October.. and here we are. Google has released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory Images to the Nexus line-up list we published before.
Today, Google has also started rolling-out Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA (Over-the-air) updates to some of those devices worldwide, the OTA packages roll-out is slower as it gets released in stages.
List of Nexus devices which are receiving official Marshmallow 6.0 OTA Updates :
• Huawei Nexus 6P (angler) [Pre-installed]
• LG Nexus 5x (bullhead) [Pre-installed]
• HTC Nexus 9 (volantis, volantisg)
• ASUS Nexus 7  (razor, razorg)
• Moto Nexus 6 (shamu)
• LG Nexus 5 (hammerhead)
• Google Nexus Player (fugu)
Note that flashing Marshmallow Factory image will wipe all your data, better wait for your OTA update to hit your device to avoid losing your data or apps (in case you don't have a backup ready). You can download the Official Marshmallow Nexus Image from here.
The much awaited Android Nougat 7.0 update will start hitting Nexus devices around the world today, so here's an overview of the brand new OS from Google.
What to expect?
As there are more than 250 new features in the OS, let us keep it brief by highlighting the most prominent ones. Android 7.0 Nougat is built with virtual reality in mind at every step. Developers will find that it supports the development of VR applications in the best ways possible. Also, this will in turn, allow for the best quality VR experience on a mobile device till date.
The JID/AOT compiler in Nougat will enable faster app installations, lower storage consumption and an overall smoother and better experience in terms of performance from the underlying software. There is also the much talked about Vulkan API, which will take 3D game graphics to the next level without cutting down on the performance of the application. Other exciting features include Multi-Window Support, Direct Reply, Direct Boot, seamless updates and file-based encryption to ensure data security.
Apart from the devices that had enrolled into the Android Beta Program back when it started, the Google Pixel C, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will start receiving their respective update files via OTA from today.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Android 7.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 and the Pixel C. If your device is part of Google's Android Beta Program, you should receive a prompt for updating the device via an OTA update very soon. Just in case you are not enrolled into the beta program or if you are not willing to wait for the OTA file to come to your device, factory images are also available for users to download and flash manually. Post the update, the build number on your Pixel C should change to NPF26H. On the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the build number should change to NPF26F.
The second preview brings support for the Nexus 9, as stated by Google earlier and this build is pretty close to what the final version of the Nougat 7.1.1 OS will look like when it's released in December. As explained by David Burke from Google, these are some of the changes that the second build brings to the OS.
1. Bug fixes and improvements in overall performance
2. Retains the developer features and level 25 APIs of Developer Preview 1
3. An experience that's almost identical to the one which will be provided by the final build
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Last week, we heard a rumor about Android 4.4.3 KitKat [Build KTU72B] with camera bug fix that is coming soon. Today, we got the even more confirmed information about the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, this time is a newer build "KTU8xx".
Android 4.4.3 Screenshot
The New 4.4.3 update will be a minor update with several bug fixes and improvements but no GUI changes, Here is the full change-log.
Android 4.4.3 Change-log:
- Frequent data connection dropout fix
- "Mm-qcamera-daemon" crash and optimization fixes
- Camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
- Power Manager display wakelock fix
- Multiple Bluetooth fixes
- Fix for a random reboot
- App shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
- USB debugging security fix
- App shortcuts security fix
- Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
- Other camera fixes
- MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
- Stuck in activation screen fix
- Missed call LED fix
- Subtitle fixes
- Data usage graph fix
- Internet telephony fix
- FCC compliance fix
- Other miscellaneous fixes
The update build is seems to be finalized and it's coming soon. There is no official date but it won't take too long to see Google seeding the update to its Nexus & GPe devices.
We already saw the Android 4.4.3 update full change-log and we know its currently being tested. Today, more info has been leaked, the version for Android 4.4.3 is codenamed "Hammerhead" and carries a build number of KTU83.
The version of Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 7 (2013) is KTU79. There is a way to break down these build numbers as they are based on a Google-devised code.
The "K" on the build number refers to KitKat. The third letter, which in this case is "U" is the quarter that the software was written. The last two numbers is a date-code. For example, "83" would be the 83rd day of the quarter which was March 24th. That means that the build seen on the Nexus 5 is just 1 week old. The build for the Nexus 7 (2013) was created on March 21st. The final OTA update isn't so far.
Great News for Nexus users all over the world, Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices is now officially official. Google revealed today that the name of the new major version of their mobile operating system is called Android 5.0 Lollipop and that all the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices that support KitKat will get the update.
Google also said that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and other supported devices will be released for the public "in the coming weeks". The exact date when the roll out will begin wasn't revealed but it's expected to arrive anytime soon.
Latest reports from Google, confirming that the first Android 5.0 Lollipop over-the-air updates is coming to Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013 Wi-Fi) and Nexus 10 devices only, and it will start rolling-out on November,3rd.
The Rest of the devices Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013 LTE) will get the same Lollipop OTA update later on November as well, but because radio and carriers variants takes more time on testing than the regular Wi-Fi only devices.
In both cases all the Nexus family will get the Android 5.0 during November starting with the Wi-Fi only tablets on the third day of the month. Check out what's New on Android 5.0 Lollipop!
Lollipop OTA updates to Google Nexus device has been delayed from November,3rd due to a Bug that Google has already fixed few days ago, so the update are ready and on the way. Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA Updates will start Rolling-out on November,12th to Nexus devices.
Google will probably release the update to the I-Fi only devices first, like the Nexus 10, Nexus 7 and Nexus 2013. Other 3G/4G radio devices includes all Nexus Smartphones (Nexus 5, Nexus 4) and tablets with data connectivity will be update later this Month. Google is also expected to release the Lollipop images for all Nexus devices in the same day (Nov,12th).
Stay tuned for More Info!
Google already released the factory images of the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to some Nexus devices (Nexus 10, Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi, Nexus 9 Wi-Fi). Today, Android 5.0.1 Update is Rolling-out OTA (Over-The-Air) to these devices, the update is about 8.4 MB - 15 MB in size. Check the Screenshot below from a Google Nexus 10.
Google didn't say much about this update change-log. However, This Minor update brings some Important bug fixes, Wi-Fi Improvements and Performance Enhancements, it also fix some instability issues that was reported with the official Android 5.0 release.
The Rest of Google Nexus family (Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 LTE... etc) will receive Android 5.0.1 update very soon during this month.
Thanks Joe for the Screenshot and the Tip!
Google has just officially released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, the first Nexus device to get its Android 5.0.2 factory image is the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi "nakasi". Google didn't release any official Change-log but it looks like that its a Hot-fix update to fix some critical bugs.
Android 5.0.1 update was just released a few days ago, and Google already released 5.0.2 starting with the Nexus 7 and Soon it will hit the rest of the Nexus family. The OTA Update is not yet released but it's expected to start Rolling-out very soon.
Yesterday, Google officially released the first Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Factory Image to the Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi). Today, the Android 5.0.2 Update is being sent out OTA to the Nexus 7 users. The build number of the update is LRX22G and the update will fix an issue that the tablet has with storage, and another issue that deals with the alarm on the slate. The 2012 version of the Nexus 7 never received Android 5.0.1, and instead is going straight to the new build.
Also, Google released the Developer Change-log of the Lollipop 5.0.2 build. The build has many changes and performance enhancements, Most of these are adjustments in the kernel and start-up scripts to boost CPU activity and maintain a bit higher performance. Also Google made major adjustments to the AlarmManager on Android.
Google released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to Nexus 7 (2012 Wi-Fi) users last week, the minor update brought some much needed bug fixes and performance enhancements. However, only the Nexus 7 (2012 Wi-Fi) got the 5.0.2 update so far...
Latest reports suggests that Google will release Android 5.0.2 Factory Images for the rest of the Nexus family (Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9, Nexus 10... etc) by Early January,2015 and OTA Updates to start rolling-out by the End of the same Month (Jan, 2015).
After releasing the official Factory Images, Google is now Rolling-out the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA (Over-the-air) update for the Nexus 10 users. The update size is about 8 MB only and carries the Build number [LRX22G], it packs some minor bug fixes and performance improvements.
Currently this update is only Available for Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10 users only. Google is planning on releasing the 5.0.2 update to all other Nexus family very soon with much needed bug fixes.
Google is now officially rolling-out the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update to all the LG Nexus 5 users around the world. The update build number is 5.1.0 (LMY47D) and the OTA package size is about 220.7 MB.
The most signification feature that arrives with Android 5.1 is the "Device Protection" which keeps your device locked even after factory reset. Only after the owner signs in, the device can be unlocked... This feature cannot be hacked or tempered with.
HD Voice has been activated to improve the voice call quality. There's no evidence of whether the fix for the reported memory leak bug , has been patched with this update or not.
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Google is Now rolling-out the latest official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for its Google Nexus 10 tablet worldwide Over-the-air (OTA). The update package is very small, about 13 MB in size.
Android 5.1.1 update for the Nexus 10 brings the device software to build LMY47V. The change-log mentioned on the update is "bug fixes, performance and stability improvements". But there are still some few new features are on the packed on the update. We are still waiting for a full change-log.
This is the first time to see a Google Nexus device lacking behind in Android updates!... The HTC Nexus 9 users has just received their official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA update, while other Nexus devices like Nexus 10 is getting Lollipop 5.1.1 update.
Nexus 9 update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is on its way to Nexus 9 owners, and it's around 23MB in size. After applying it, you'll be on build number LRX22L. As the minor version number jump from 5.0.1 to 5.0.2 implies, this one should be all about the bug fixes.
Android "M" is almost here and it looks like Google will set some new rules regarding software updates. One of the most popular problems facing Android users is "Updates", even if you have a Nexus device.
Google is looking to end the confusion once and for all, according a new report. Android "M" will set a lifetime for updates which makes it explicitly very clear "How long the device will be supported ?" so that you will know how long you'll get official software updates for your Android device.
Google Nexus phones running Android M will get 2 years of major OS version updates to future Android versions and 3 years of security updates after the OS release or 18 months after you buy a device from the Google Play Store, whichever is longer. Other manufactures should announce their updates lifetime plans too, check the info below for more information.
Android "M" Update Lifetime:
• Major System Updates (OS level updates): 2 years
• Security Updates: 3 years after OS release
• Security Updates: 18 months after date of purchase from Google Play Store.
Updates Lifetime support Schedule:
• Nexus 4: OS updates done, security updates until end of 2015.
• Nexus 7 (2012): OS updates done, security updates through this summer 2015.
• Nexus 7 (2013): OS updates until Q3 2015, security updates until Q1 2016.
• Nexus 10: OS updates done, security updates until early Q1 2016.
• Nexus 5: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2016.
• Nexus 6: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2017.
• Nexus 9: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2017.
Verizon's Google Nexus 6 has just got its official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, the update is currently available Over-the-air to all Nexus 6 users in the USA, What's New ? Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements along with a new Guest Mode.
To get up and running, navigate through Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates, and you'll then be able to download and install Android 5.1.1 OTA on your Nexus 6.
Most of the Google Nexus devices is expected to get the Marshmallow update officially through a system Image, which comes first always, or via Over-the-air (OTA) update which will start rolling-out by Early October. Here's the a list of all Confirmed Google Nexus devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
Nexus devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update:
- Google Nexus 9 (volantisg, volantis)
- Google Nexus 6 (shamu)
- Google Nexus Player (fugu)
- Google Nexus 5 (hammerhead)
- Google Nexus 7 (razorg,razor)
- Google Nexus 4 (occam)
- Google Nexus 10 (mantaray)
Please Note: Nexus 10 (mantaray) and the Nexus 4 (occam) will not be moving to Marshmallow.
The Marshmallow Nexus Images will will be available for Download Here by Early October. Check What's new in Marshmallow 6.0 release to see a detailed change-log and a list of all the new features that will be included in the final release, OR follow our LIVE! updates Page to stay up-to-date. Stay tuned!
Google has officially released the final version of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company is currently working on developing Marshmallow factory images for its Nexus lineup.
The official Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates will be rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) by early October. Here's a list of the devices that will get the update and an ETA (estimated time of arrival) for each device.
ETA List of Official Marshmallow 6.0 OTA for Nexus devices :
• Huawei Nexus 6P (angler) - Pre-installed
• LG Nexus 5x (bullhead) - Pre-installed
• HTC Nexus 9 (volantis, volantisg) - October,2015
• ASUS Nexus 7  (razor,razorg) - October,2015
• Moto Nexus 6 (shamu) - October,2015
• LG Nexus 5 (hammerhead) - October,2015
• Google Nexus Player (fugu) - October,2015
Please Note: Factory Images will be available for these devices on the first week of October, if you don't like manually flashing the update wait for the OTA to hit your device.
Google has ended the support of older devices like Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 as they will stay with Lollipop 5.1.1 but they will keep getting critical security fixes. Keep your eyes up for future updates.
According to T-Mobile's senior product manager Des Smith, Nexus 6 on T-Mobile will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update soon, tweeted by him. T-Mobile was slated to roll the update out sometime in October, but discovered a major bug that halted the process, so this is actually very good news for Nexus 6 users on T-Mobile network.
Motorola has already announced which of its devices will get the Android 6.0 update, the Moto X Style and the Moto X (2nd Gen) already started receiving the Marshmallow update last week.
Are you getting complaint from those who you are calling on your brand new Nexus 6p saying that they are not able to hear you. Then you might want to go through several threads on the Google Product Forum and XDA-Developers. The usual problem among the early adopters of this device seems to be weak and patchy voice quality - the voice of the Nexus 6P owner, not the person to whom the call is made. Many 6p owners across the two forums are reporting quite similar problems, both in standard call mode and the speakerphone mode. Representatives from Google have responded to this and informed that they would be investigating this issue.
According to some unofficial experimentation by users, it seems the problem might be arising from the phone's noise cancellation setup. Most of the new age smartphones use multiple microphones along with the primary "mouth" mic in order to filter surrounding noise for a clearer call. Some users have reported that by covering the rear microphone on the Nexus 6P this issue can be fixed and others reported that it actually causes the problem. In all of the threads related to this problem, there is no agreement among users. Probably they are facing similar issues, but technically the issues might be different.
One poster on the Google forum, Nicholas Fitchett, says that he found solution by disabling noise cancellation entirely via a root-level build.prop modification. Given below is the statement:
"I turned off noise cancelling via build prop and it fixed it for me. This goes back to the nexus 5 and nexus 6 as well. I doubt it's a hardware issue. Google really needs to enable a setting for this or use better software."
Users are posting about this issue in the Google forum right now. Hopefully Google would be able to fix the issue with a software update soon.
Although the launch of Nexus 6p didn't exactly follow the disasters faced by previous variants last year, it didn't go smoothly. Those lucky enough to grab the opportunity before the phone got completely sold out online are now wondering about shipment date of the phone owing to the impending delays. For those who wanted to go through the reviews to make up the mind were disappointed with the out of stock label on most of the variants for weeks. Now, it's been almost 2 months since the Nexus 6P (and 5X) launched and it seems Google is finally able to meet the demand.
Right now the Google Store has all the Nexus 6p devices in stock and you are free to choose any kind of color and storage configuration. We actually informed about this a few days ago, but were so elated about the elusive 64GB Frost white model being available that we somehow missed to cover the rest. As we head into the weekend, we just wanted to jog your mind regarding the in-stock Nexus devices (seems to stay like this for sometime).
The Nexus 6P price starts at $500 for the 32GB, $550 for the 64GB, and $600 for will get you the 128GB variant. If you wanted to get the official black case, it is also in-stock.